McTeigue & McClelland: New Atelier For Old-World Tradition
By Lisa Green
Photo: Kevin Sprague
The stunningly gorgeous and meticulously handcrafted jewelry of McTeigue & McClelland has left its iconic yellow cottage on Main Street in Great Barrington and relocated to a new icon just up the road. Last weekend, co-owners Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland opened their new retail showroom and workshop — now housed in a landmark historic building — with several events to show off the new building and jewelry collections.
The former Christian Science church, dating back to 1850, gives them 7,500 square feet of space. “Our efficiency is going to go through the roof,” says McTeigue, a fourth-generation jeweler, (although the last thing a visitor thinks about when confronted with the peerless pieces is efficiency).
The renovation went quickly by normal building standards. “It all feel into place incredibly well,” says McTeigue. “We started in August of last year and got the Certificate of Occupancy on Thursday. It was a collaborative effort between our architect, Stephan Green (of Clark + Green) and contractor Allegrone. They brought the best of what they do.”
Now, the Mc2 staffers are housed in a building in which the artisanry and craftsmanship matches their own. While the mid-19th century masonry walls, woodwork and plaster have been preserved, the interior furnishings were selected with exquisite care. New display cases were designed to fit the showroom space, the leather on which the jewelry rests was custom dyed in Italy, and the lighting enhances the jewelry — and the customers — to their best advantage.
“It’s an inspiring place to work and be creative,” says McTeigue. “Now Tim and I have the opportunity and room to look at the big picture and begin a new era for McTeigue & McClelland.” (It remains to be seen if the giant red bow that used to grace the yellow cottage during the holidays will find a place on the former church’s gabled roofs.)
Opening celebrations started with a private cocktail party on Friday evening; guests included Karen Allen and Yo-Yo Ma. On Sunday, an open house invited visitors to tour the showroom and workshop.
McTeigue & McClelland has long been a destination for customers with the means and motivation to have a piece of jewelry designed for them. They come from around the world to work with the co-owners and artisans. Understated and elegant, the new space will be a welcoming starting point for customers who are perhaps visiting our area for the first time.
Susan Vernier and John Reynold, gallery manager for McTeigue & McClelland; Lynne Jablonski, Duncan Miller, an independent metalworker, and Carrie Harper, a metalsmith.
Walton Ford, Tim McClelland and Karen Allen; Samantha Larson, appraiser/buyer, and Kendal McTeigue, Walter McTeigue’s sister in law.
Katie McTeigue, Walter’s sister, Mary Campbell, a client, and Amber Spring, production manager who was “on the bench” for five years; Caroline Wheeler and Walter McTeigue.
McTeigue & McClelland
454 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA